Salman Butt turns eye to commentary after losing hope for Test return


Following a heartbreak of not being selected in the Pakistan Test squad, opener Salman Butt has turned his eyes outside the playing field and has decided to make commentary.

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According to reports revealed, Butt will probably be seen giving commentary in the fourth round of the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy starting from November 20.

“I understand that I don’t have a future with Pakistan,” said Butt. “I played cricket with distinction and have scored heavily since my return. There has been a purpose to re-earn a place in the national side and the context of my performance is to play for the national team.”

“This year, I questioned myself: ‘What I am doing, why I am playing? What is the purpose if I play yet another season?’ I gave a serious thought and realistically I know they are not going to pick me. So I (would) rather explore something where I can contribute and excel to make a difference,” he added.

He further said,

“It is robust to go away cricket and that is one thing no one actually ready for, however then I’m not going to play cricket perpetually. I at all times thought I’ll depart the day when I’m a burden on the dressing room. There’s a time if you finally should name off and let another person take your house.

“I met with Nadeem Khan [PCB director of high performance] and he gave me some superb profession recommendation, so I’m withdrawing myself from the [Central Punjab] squad and taking on a commentary position for Quaid-e-Azam Trophy,” he said.

It can be noted that Salman Butt was one of the culprits in the match-fixing scandal. He, along with pacer Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were jailed in November 2011 after being proved guilty by a London court under the Gambling Act. He was changed of throwing deliberate no-balls in return of taking money during Pakistan’s Test series against England in 2010 at Lord’s.

He returned to Pakistan cricket early in January 2016.



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